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This article is about the Rod Stewart song. For the song by DeBarge, see You Wear It Well (DeBarge song).

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"You Wear It Well"
File:Rod stewart you.jpg
Song by Rod Stewart
from the album Never a Dull Moment
B-side"Lost Paraguayos"
GenreFolk rock
Length4:23/5:00 (with "Interludings")
Songwriter(s)Rod Stewart, Martin Quittenton

"You Wear It Well" is a song written by Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton, performed by Stewart. It utilizes an arrangement markedly similar to that of "Maggie May," one of Stewart's hits from the previous year.[1][2]

Stewart recorded "You Wear It Well" for the album Never a Dull Moment, and released it as a single on 12 August 1972. The song became an international hit, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart.[3] In the US, "You Wear It Well" peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4]

Stewart performed the song live on BBC's Top of the Pops with the full lineup of The Faces, along with Martin Quittenton on classical guitar and Dick "Tricky Dicky" Powell on fiddle joining them. A live version of the song from his 2013 performance at The Troubadour, West Hollywood was included on the deluxe edition of the album Time.

Chart performance[]

Cover versions[]

  • The 1999 album I Have Been To Heaven And Back: Hen's Teeth and Other Lost Fragments of Unpopular Culture Vol. 1 by the Mekons includes a cover of the song[10]
  • Ali Campbell covered the song on his 2010 album Great British Songs
  • In 2012, Frank Bango recorded a version for a fundraising album titled Super Hits Of The Seventies for radio station WFMU
  • In 2016, Dexys featuring Kevin Rowland covered the song on their album Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish & Country Soul


  1. "ROD STEWART – "You Wear It Well"". FreakyTrigger. 1972-09-02. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  2. "Maggie May Vs You Wear it Well (cover medley)". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  3. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 277. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 604.
  5. David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1970-1992"
  7. Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  10. "I Have Been to Heaven and Back: Hen's Teeth and Other Lost Fragments of Un-Popular Culture Vol. 1 | Mekons | Touch and Go / Quarterstick Records". 1999-04-20. Retrieved 2014-03-27.

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Preceded by
"School's Out" by Alice Cooper
UK number one single
2 September 1972 for one week
Succeeded by
"Mama Weer All Crazee Now" by Slade

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